Young climate activists condemn Professor DePaul’s open letter to Greta Thunberg as ‘hate’
Illinois youth climate activists condemned a DePaul University professor ‘”Open Letter to Greta Thunberg” as a “hate” attack on the youth activist’s work.
Letter from Philosophy Professor Jason Hill, posted Monday on Conservative Frontpage Mag website, refers to Thunberg, 16, as an “authorized adult” before tackling his demands for urgent action on climate change. He calls Thunberg’s supporters “ecofascist supporters”, criticizing “you and your blissful generation”.
“Your generation is unable to work up to forty hours a week without being chronically depressed and anxious. Its members can’t even decide whether they want to be a boy or a girl, or both, or neither, or a “them,” Hill wrote, referring to an anonymous blog post. “They can’t eat meat without crying. I might add that your generation needs “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” as prerequisites for learning in school. ”
Hill’s letter does not deny scientific evidence for climate change but argues for a “moral argument for fossil fuels” and asserts that Thunberg’s demands would cause people to “live in grass huts, drink water infested with animal dung and fear polar bears killing them for food when they attack us.
In an emailed statement, DePaul spokeswoman Carol Hughes said “Hill’s words are hers and do not reflect the views of this university,” referring to Guiding Principles on Speech and Expression, who undertake to create spaces for the exchange of ideas “civilly and respectfully”.
“DePaul believes professors should be allowed to express their position on a subject, even if it may be seen as provocative, while aspiring to be a community marked by mutual respect,” Hughes’ statement continued. “Our professors and students share academic freedom, which is guaranteed to them by their membership in the university community.
Isabella Johnson, the 17-year-old Illinois state official for US Youth Climate Strike, said in an emailed statement that Hill’s letter elicited “a tremendous sense of pride in my generation. “. She said his comments regarding LGBTQ people and mental illness were “disgusting” and invited him to the group meeting. next strike for the climate December 6 in Chicago.
“How dare you invalidate every feeling that my generation is experiencing. Your words are inspired by hate, our words are inspired by love. How can you be so hateful towards the teens who are just begging for a safe planet?” Said Johnson. “I am open to hearing your point of view, and I challenge you to be open to my point of view as well.”
Ella Barry, 16, and Lina Avalos, 17, members of the Illinois Youth Climate Strike, co-signed Hill’s response.
Thunberg announced on Tuesday that she would return to Sweden on Wednesday after touring North America since the summer to organize the Youth Against Climate Change.